Rockhampton Region Waste and Recycling has installed an innovative biogas system as it moves towards a more sustainable future.
The biogas flare, installed by industry leaders LMS Energy, is a big step towards reducing the carbon footprint of the Lakes Creek Road waste management facility.
Waste to resource recovery councillor Shane Latcham said it was fantastic to see the project up and running.
“The biogas flare might not look like much from the outside, but there’s a lot going on below the surface,” Cr Latcham said.
“There’s a series of 18 wells that have been drilled and installed throughout the landfill site.
“This system works by extracting potentially harmful greenhouse gases, such as methane, which are produced when organic matter in the landfill breaks down.
“Instead of being trapped in the landfill or being emitted into the atmosphere, these biogases are now channelled to this flare where they’re safely destroyed.
“In the future, we may even be able to add a power module to harness the energy generated from this process and put it back into the grid.”
LMS Energy contract and client manager Jason Dockerill said it had been a satisfying project to work on.
“LMS has manufactured 100 landfill biogas flares similar to this one, all of which are continuing to safely remove and destroy harmful greenhouse gases across Australia,” Mr Dockerill said.
“This is a fantastic project that will have some real environmental benefits.
“Each year, this biogas flare at the Lakes Creek Road waste management facility will save approximately 20,000 tonnes of carbon from entering the earth’s atmosphere.”